PhotoPicker for Lightroom — select photos from Lightroom on the iPad

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Important: If you have a problem with the application — do not write about it in the reviews in the AppStore, which does not provide feedback. Write directly to the e-mail support application photopicker.ios@gmail.com and we will quickly contact you to help.

1. Creating a catalog and importing photos

Tip: Create a separate Lightroom catalog for each photo session. Lightroom works faster if there are no more than 10,000 photos in the catalog.

To create a new LR catalog, select File > New catalog …, select the folder, specify the directory name and click Create

MacOS: Select the menu Lightroom > Catalog Settings… Then go to the File Handling tab and set the Standard Preview Size to 2880 pixels.

Windows: Select the menu Edit > Catalog Settings… Then go to the File Handling tab and set the Standard Preview Size to 2880 pixels.

Tip: To reduce the size of the directory for Standard Preview Size, you can select a value of 2048 pixels, but it will be below the detail when the photo is enlarged.

To import photos, select File > Import Photos and Video from the menu. Specify Standard for the Build Previews parameter, select a photo, and click Import.

2. Copying Lightroom catalog to PhotoPicker App

Important: If after the import you started to edit the photo, then Lightroom will remove for these photos the high-resolution preview from the catalog. Because of this, the PhotoPicker App for these photos will be reported «High resolution image preview is not available.You need in the Lightroom go to the Library tab,select all the photos and execute Menu->Library->Previews->Build 1:1 Previews».

In this case, before copying the Lightroom catalog to the PhotoPicker App, you need to rebuild previews. Select all the photos, go to the Library tab and select Library > Previews > Build Standard-Sized Preview. In this case, only for the missing previews will be performed rebuilding.

2.1 For MacOS users

Copy your * .lrcat catalog file and the * Previews.lrdata folder to the iPad via iTunes File Sharing into the PhotoPicker application. To do this, connect the iPad, launch iTunes, select your iPad in iTunes, go to its App tab and in File Sharing select the PhotoPicker application and click Add. Then select two elements at the same time — the catalog file *. Lrcat and the folder * Previews.lrdata and click Add.

If the copied catalog does not appear on the iPad in PhotoPicker, click the update button.

2.2 For Windows users

Archive the catalog file * .lrcat and the corresponding folder with previews * Previews.lrdata to the ZIP archive (not RAR). We recommend using the WinZip program (the WinRAR program has a 2 GB limit when creating a ZIP archive).

It should be noted that in this case it will be necessary to have enough free space on the iPad — at least twice as much as the size of the catalog due to unpacking the archive. If there is less free space, then use the method described in Section 2.3

Copy the ZIP archive to the iPad via iTunes File Sharing to the PhotoPicker application. To do this, connect the iPad, launch iTunes, select your iPad in iTunes, go to its App tab and in File Sharing select the PhotoPicker application and click Add file…. Then select the ZIP-archive and click Open.

If the copied ZIP archive does not appear on the iPad in PhotoPicker, click the update button.

Then in PhotoPicker click on the copied archive — unpacking will begin, after which the archive file is automatically deleted.

2.3 Alternative way of copying via FTP for MacOS and Windows users

Copy speed with this method is lower than through iTunes.

It is necessary that the iPad be connected via WiFi to one network with a computer.

In the PhotoPicker application, click the WiFi icon. The FTP server will start and a window with the connection settings will be displayed on the screen.

For Windows users to copy, we recommend using the built-in FTP client in the Total Commander file manager or similar.

MacOs users can use the built-in FTP client. To do this, open the file browser Finder, select Go > Connect to Server… from the menu.
Then enter the address of your iPad in the Server address field in the format: ftp://ip_address:20000, for example, ftp://192.168.7.19:20000 and click Connect

Then select Connect As: Guest

Then a window will open, in which drag the catalog file *.Lrcat and the folder * Previews.lrdata

IMPORTANT: After copying in the root of the FTP server, the * .lrcat directory file and the corresponding folder with previews * Previews.lrdata should be placed, not the folder that contains them.

After copying, stop the FTP server by clicking Stop FTP Server in the window. If the copied catalog does not appear on the iPad in PhotoPicker, click the update button.

3. Working with the LR catalog in PhotoPicker

Select a specific LR catalog and folder in the catalog structure, or click All photos to display all the photos in the catalog.

The photos are sorted by the shooting date and time.

Photos can be filtered by flags and rating.

In the mode of viewing each individual photo you can change the rating and flags for the photo. In this mode, the following gestures are supported:

  • Swipe up: sets the green flag for the photo in sequence (red flag > no flag > green flag);
  • Swipe down: sets the red flag for the photo in sequence (green flag > no flag > red flag);
  • Double click: zoom a certain part of the photo 2 times;
  • Left and right are the tap-zones for instantaneous transition to the previous and next photos, respectively

4.Copying a catalog from PhotoPicker to Lightroom

After selecting photos, copy from the iPad only the *.lrcat catalog file to the Lightroom directory via iTunes file sharing or the built-in FTP server. In the folder * Previews.lrdata are stored previews and they do not need to be copied.

After that you can continue processing the selected photos in Lightroom.

5. Deleting a LR catalog in PhotoPicker App

To delete a LR catalog in PhotoPicker App, swipe the catalog line to the left and click «Delete».

Again, if you have a problem with the application — do not write about it in the reviews in the AppStore, which does not provide feedback. Write directly to the e-mail support application photopicker.ios@gmail.com and we will quickly contact you to help.

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